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Fitchburg Railroad Company Coal trestle, East Fitchburg Yard

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05235.03.03 Author/Creator: Fitchburg Railroad Company Place Written: Fitchburg, Mass. Type: Photograph Date: 1893 ca. Pagination: 1 cyanotype ; 16.9 x 11.8 cm.

Employees stand on a tall platform and a steaming train is below. It is a view of the same coal trestle as GLC05235.03.01 and GLC05235.03.02, but from the opposite direction. A flatbed car is on the trestle. A 4-4-0 engine with a man standing on top its cab sits on the trackes, dwarfed by the structure. The coal trestle burned (either damaged by fire or burned down completely) in 1893.

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